Last Thursday marked the launch of Joe Armon-Jone’s new Album “Turn To Clear View”, powered by the scenes favourite, Unit 137 Sound System and a number of their artists and cohort!
The energy was very high even from the queue outside, Electric Brixton is a well known venue and it pulls in a diverse crowd in terms of age, interests and demography. Situated right the heart of the Brixton strip, the venue has been around for years and has seen the likes of Roddy Rich, Sub Focus, Channel One Sound System, Luciano and many other accredited artists touch it’s stage.
At Electric Brixton there are usually just one main stages. This night had a specially created DJ booth in the middle of the dance floor and the main stage, true to sound system culture and optimised for the artists and crowd too. The night started off by the DJ booth with top acts like Sleepy Time Ghost (Unit 137 — DJ/Producer), Maxwell Owin, Hylu, Ed West, Shumba Youth, Daddy Freddy, David Boomah, Deemas J and many others.
One of the most notable performances from the first half was Shumba Youth who brings a really unique energy to the dance, he is an interesting character with smooth reggae tones and a great voice that really got the crowd moving.
Moving onto some of Jungle’s most well-known names David Boomah and Daddy Freddy, you know what you are getting here, big lyrics with a conscious message delivered with perfect style and timing. David Boomah who is celebrating 30 years as an artist this year brings a classic and soulful vibe, Daddy Freddy another general with decades in the game is known for his rugged and rough sound that goes so well with the music and really gets the crowd in the mood for more.
As the night warmed up the focus went to the main stage where Joe Armon-Jones and his entourage of artists warmed things of renditions of new singles from his album “Turn To Clear View”.
On the main stage it really was a sight to behold, there were such a wide range of talent, vibes and instruments. There was Joe on the fender rhodes and keyboardreeling of complex riffs it seemed effortlessly, the talented drummer Kwake Bass who dipped into numerous inspired solos, Mutale Chashi on the bass guitar, Nubya Garcia and Ige Ogunjobi on saxophone, topped of by the sweet sweet sounds of singer Asheber.
The eclectic mix of artists, the heavily packed arena, dancing and good vibes really are a testament to Joe’s recognition and love with the scene. I am certain his Album “Turn To Clear View” is going to be a massive success. He is has numerous stops in his UK & Europe tour, coming to a city near you soon.
For those who missed the event, you can buy the album or find his next show near you on his website: http://www.joearmonjones.com/
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